I know you all know about the current gas "crisis" we are all experiencing. Honestly I do find it frustrating but it's not surprising either. It has been a long time in coming and when you look at what other countries are paying we have really been spoiled for quite some time. When we were in Haiti last year they were paying $7 per gallon and I saw on the news this morning that most places in Europe are over $8.
We saw the writing on the wall last year. We sold our favorite vehicle so far, our roomy and comfy Ford Expedition. We purchased an almost 10 year old 8 passenger mini-van and I am so glad we did. It's not my favorite vehicle but it has more cargo space and I am grateful to be getting 23mpg instead of 14.
While I don't appreciate the impact on my pocketbook, I am liking the benefits of finding alternative ways of transportation. Just this last weekend I needed some supplies for a project. So off Lil and I went on our bikes. We probably saved $1 in total on this trip by not driving. Not a huge amount, but when you consider that I got 30 minutes of exercise and quality time with my daughter doing something she loves well than I think my $1 savings will be worth more long term.
I see many more bike rides in our future this summer. Hubby bought me a new bike for my birthday this winter and I returned the favor and bought him one for his birthday this last month. We really do have a good amount of options for things to do in our little town and all of it is within a 10-15 minute bike ride. A few years ago we received a bike trailer to use while we have little ones and so the two youngest get to ride in style and it doubles as a place for items we purchase when we don't take the littles (thanks C&K!).
So, how are you coping with the current state of fuel affairs? Leave me a comment. I will place the comments in a hat and let one of my cute kids pick out a name for a brand new copy of the book "Helping Your Kids Deal with Anger, Fear and Sadness" by H. Norman Wright. It's a great practical book that has been a valuable resource to us as adoptive parents.
Contest ends June 13th.